How old do you need to be to make a Lasting Power of Attorney?
You would need to be 18 years old to make a Lasting Power of Attorney. As explained above, you would also need to have capacity to enter into this document. There’s no maximum age for an Lasting Power of Attorney. We’ve had clients ranging from their 20’s, all the way through to their 90’s; whatever your age, you can make sure that your future is protected by the ones you love.
Am I too young to make an Lasting Power of Attorney?
Another common misconception that our team hear a lot is that ‘I’m too young for an Lasting Power of Attorney, I don’t need one’. Sadly, that’s not always the case. Like a Will, it’s a good idea to ensure that you have something in place. You may not need it for a very long time, and you may end up changing it throughout your life if your trusted people change, but it’s always best to have one.
One of our clients had, sadly, faced some unexpected circumstances. After a routine procedure left them unable to physically carry out day-to-day tasks on their own, they were struggling and decided to make LPAs. Fortunately, they still had mental capacity, however, had they not retained this during their unexpected change in circumstances, they would have been unable to make decisions, and their closest loved ones would not have been able to help with their care or life.
We all like to think that we’re invincible, but this isn’t the case. It’s best to be prepared for what life could throw at you, rather than leave your loved ones with the sad reality that they are unable to help you how they would want to.